How To Stop Overreacting

Overreaction is something virtually everyone is used to. Here's how to stop overreacting to situations.

Sometimes, we overreact. We are only human, after all, and it is only a normal response to situations that are beyond us.  Overreacting is simply a situation where someone responds with excessive anger, or excitement, to an event or a development. 

A father could overreact when his child spoils a light switch. A teacher could overreact because her class is making noise. We could overreact in situations that try our patience, such as when someone is deliberately being nasty and trying to get at us. 

But no matter how normal it is, it doesn't justify the fact that overreacting is really unnecessary and uncalled for. There are better ways to handle an inconvenience. By overreacting, one has only worsened the situation.


The consequences of overreacting are as follows:

1. You'll make the person feel bad:

If your overreaction is targeted at a person, such person will definitely feel bad after being thoroughly berated. 


2. You'll feel bad thereafter:

Apart from making another person feel bad, you will also feel bad about yourself, and about all that you have said to that person. In fact, you might be moved to apologize to the person later on. 


3. You haven't resolved the issue:

By overreacting, you haven't brought a solution to the situation at hand. If anything, you have only worsened the issue. 


How can one stop overreacting?

1. Take control of your emotions:

In the heat of the moment, it can be very difficult for one to control his reaction to things. For you to control your emotions, you have to practice self-consciousness and awareness. Let yourself be aware of the emotion overtaking you. This is very possible. If you're getting angry, tell yourself, "I feel irritation building within me, and I don't want to get angry". You can then take a deep breath, relax and let it go. 

2. Ignore:

Sometimes, it can be very difficult to ignore, especially if it is something that strikes a chord deep within you. But just like taking control of your emotions, ignore the situation at hand. Walk away, if you can. When you come back later, the tension would have cooled down, and you can talk much more reasonably. 


3. Mind your tone:

Some misunderstandings occur because of a person's tone of voice, and not because of the bone of contention. Mind the way you speak to people so that it will not be misconstrued as an overreaction.